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Ruth Marcus (journalist)

Ruth Marcus
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Marcus in 2016
Ruth Allyn Marcus

(1958-05-15) May 15, 1958 (age 61)
ResidenceWashington, D.C., U.S.
EducationYale University (B.A.)
Harvard University (J.D., 1984)
MSNBC Contributor
EmployerThe Washington Post
NBCUniversal, Comcast
TelevisionHardball with Chris Matthews
Spouse(s)Jon Leibowitz
HonoursPulitzer Prize finalist

Ruth Allyn Marcus (born May 15, 1958)[1][2][3] is an American political commentator who currently writes an op-ed column for The Washington Post. In March 2007, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.[4] Unusual among the majority of journalists, she is also a law school graduate, although she opted to continue with a career in journalism versus practicing law as an attorney. Ideologically and politically, she identifies as a liberal with the Democratic party.[5]


Background and education

Marcus was born in Philadelphia in 1958 and grew up in a Jewish family in Livingston, New Jersey.[6] Both her parents were pharmacists. She attended school in Livingston with and has remained a close friend of fellow columnist Mona Charen.[7] She studied at Yale University where she wrote for the college newspaper.


Harvard Law School

After receiving her Yale B.A. degree, Marcus wrote for the National Law Journal, before attending Harvard Law School, from which she received her J.D. degree in 1984.

The Washington Post

Marcus began writing for The Washington Post while still in law school, and formally joined the paper after graduation.

From her Washington Post biography:

Marcus has been with The Post since 1984. She joined the national staff in 1986, covering campaign finance, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and the White House. From 1999 through 2002, she served as deputy national editor, supervising reporters who covered money and politics, Congress, the Supreme Court, and other national issues. She joined the editorial board in 2003 and began writing a regular column in 2006.[8]

Personal life

Marcus is married to former Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, a Democrat.[9] The couple have two daughters, Emma and Julia Rachel.[10]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Daniel Lippman (May 15, 2018). "BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Ruth Marcus, Washington Post deputy editorial page editor/columnist". Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Ruth Marcus", The Washington Post Writers Group. Archived by the Wayback Machine on 16 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Q&A with Ruth Marcus and Mona Charen". C-Span.
  6. ^ Jewish Women International: "Ruth Marcus - Writing Columns About the Personal and the Political" by Susan Josephs archived by the Wayback Machine on 5 December 2013.
  7. ^ Mona Charen and Ruth Marcus, C-SPAN Q&A (television), July 9, 2006. Accessed November 30, 2014. "Brian Lamb, C-SPAN: Ruth Marcus, can you remember the first time you met Mona Charen? Ruth Marcus, Author: I can't remember the first time but I can remember many other times in the middle there because we were – we both started in Livingston, New Jersey in fourth grade."
  8. ^ "Connect with Ruth Marcus". The Washington Post. April 14, 2012.
  9. ^ Marcus, Ruth (December 5, 2011). "Gloria Cain, the human political prop". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ "Nominations to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission". Retrieved 2016-08-06.

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